Sporting Alumni Groups

Many alumni continue to play sport long after graduation. Below are the existing alumni sports clubs but please email us if you are interested in starting up a club not listed below. 

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Our Group would like to hear from alumni and staff who trained or train at the Aikido Club at UCL. We would also like to hear from Alumni who have developed an interest in Aikido, whether physical or philosophical and cultural, since their time at UCL. Friends and family will be welcome to join in the Group’s events and activities. 

The Aikido Club at UCL was founded in 1976 as a UCLU club and was based in the Dojo in the Central Collegiate Building, now the Bloomsbury Fitness centre. From 2004 - 2014 the club continued as a Bloomsbury Fitness Martial Arts Activity for students, alumni, staff and members of the community, adopting the name Bloomsbury Aikido Club in 2013. In 2014/15 the student UCLU Aikido Club was re-formed, with the Bloomsbury Aikido Club becoming its Alumni counterpart. The UCL Alumni Aikido Group was formed in 2013.

The Group aims to support the UCLU Aikido Club, including providing experienced teachers, and to practice together with student members. Beginners and practitioners of all levels are welcome. The Group also wishes to widen its global network of UCL Aikido Alumni for the purpose of keeping in touch with each other socially as well as for training. UCL Alumni Aikido contacts can provide introductions to other members of the group when visiting Dojos in other parts of the world. 

We try:

· To keep in touch with each other via a group mailing list and social media

· To arrange gatherings alongside key national and international Aikido events.

· To hold an Annual UCL Aikido Alumni cultural day, at UCL.

· To hold courses and social get-togethers periodically. 


Barbara Sotowicz

Bentham Boat Club

150 years of Bentham Boat Club

150 Years of UCL Bentham Boat Club - 1 March 2014

2014 marks the momentous 150th anniversary of the club. To celebrate this milestone the Bentham Boat Club held a wonderful evening of celebrations in the main grounds of University College London which included a Pimms reception, dinner and boat naming. 

More photographs can be view on the Bentham Boat Club website.

For information about upcoming events please visit the club's website and facebook page. Contact Seb Smith, UCLBC Secretary for more information.



The UCL Academicals Football Club (‘The Accies’) runs six sides in the Amateur Football Combination, the largest football league in the country, playing in and around London every Saturday between September and May. We also have a veterans side, ‘The Optimists’. We cater for all standards and all ages: our 1st team are generally of a high semi-pro standard, while our 6th team aren't.

Our home games are at Shenley, so you can always come and say hello to us there, and we play annual games against the student sides. Away games are played all around London, though the lower sides play regionalised football, generally in the north of London.

You don’t need to know current Accies, and you don’t need to join with your friends, though of course so much the better if you can persuade others to join with you. We'll happily welcome you into the club and if possible, keep you here for the next 20 years! Contact us any time of year – summer is ideal as we prepare for the new season, but we can always take in new players during the season, as we tend to break some of the older ones as we go along!

Even if you’re not ready to join yet, send us an email and we can add you to our weekly email newsletter, so you can see what is going on with the Accies.

Ethu Crorie
Tel 07968 772 801



The UCL Academicals Hockey Club offers many opportunities to play for all standards of hockey: two men’s and one ladies’ side are entered into the Surrey League and there is regular mixed hockey in Battersea Park on a Sunday. The club also incorporates the Jeremy Bentham Invitational XI as its touring team.

We have a well-established social calendar with the main highlights being the Christmas Cocktails and the Summer Ball.

We would be keen to hear from anyone interested in either hockey or socialising.

Women’s Rugby

The nature of the game of rugby, and the social activities connected with it, probably explains why the women’s rugby club at UCL has forged many lasting friendships. The UCL Alumni Women’s Rugby Club exists to keep everyone in contact, provide updates on what players have gone on to after university, organise socials and organise a team for the annual Mandy Walker Games.

Any graduate from any year is welcome to contact us. Past socials have included trips en masse to Twickenham and watching the World Cup Final. We normally manage to get a 7s or 10s team out for the Mandy Walker Games, but we hope to build this up to a full 15 in the coming years.

Sarah Chapman

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